Access, heritage, safety and entertainment key to Union Terrace Gardens plan
LDA Design has unveiled plans for the £20 million revitalisation of Union Terrace Gardens, the historic park in Aberdeen city centre, a central component of the City Centre Masterplan.
To improve access to the sunken gardens, LDA has proposed a gradual walkway down into the gardens from Union Street, as well as lift access and disabled parking. Other additions include a new entrance plaza opposite His Majesty’s Theatre for small-scale public events and a new cafe.
A grand staircase from Rosemount Viaduct will be reinstated and the granite balustrading repaired, while the central lawn will be retained to host large-scale public events.
Lighting will animate the upper terrace, picking out key monuments and making the viaduct and arches feel safer and more inviting.
The existing floral crest will be reworked as a richly planted route zig-zagging from Rosemount Viaduct into the gardens, and a new community garden will be created beside the railway line. LDA is also working to retain as many of the existing trees on the site as possible, while introducing new trees and shrubs to promote biodiversity.
Kirstin Taylor, project director at LDA Design, said: ‘Our aim is to make the gardens everyone’s favourite all-year-round destination.
‘The gardens could be a lively cultural hub and our proposals include flexible spaces for events with an informal amphitheatre, and new community garden space. New facilities and more activities will make them feel safer.’
Following a recent public consultation exercise, detailed plans will be drawn up in spring and work on Union Terrace Gardens is scheduled to be finished in autumn 2019.